Where are the jobs? Tips and links for locating opportunities.

Despite all we hear in the news, there are still employers that are hiring and industries that are growing. But when it comes to effective job search strategies, lists of openings are really just the tip of the iceberg.

Organizations that continue to hire:
Experience, Inc. surveyed companies across the country and came up with a list of the 20 Best Places to Work for Recent Grads.

Fortune Magazine generates an annual list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Industries and fields that continue to grow:
Career Builder examines Bureau of Labor Statistics data to find Who’s Hiring Now: America’s Most-Wanted Workers despite rising national unemployment.

Fast Company identifies the top eight industries in The Top Jobs for 2009.

Look for opportunities beyond published lists of openings:
It’s definitely encouraging to see that there are still employment opportunities available. But I caution not to rely too heavily on published lists such as these. The best way to find employment is still through networking – in the current job climate, networking is even more vital. The market is so saturated with talented job seekers, I imagine that hiring managers and recruiters are getting overwhelmed with applications. As a result, they are even more likely to turn to trusted network contacts for leads.

Don’t get me wrong. You should still apply to organizations that have published openings. But know that you’ll be competing against hundreds, perhaps thousands, of qualified, highly-talented applicants. While applying to these published openings, continue to develop your network. With this in mind, I encourage you to utilize online social networks to their fullest extent. These would include sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.

Here are some helpful articles about how to use social networks to propel your job search.
Use LinkedIn to Enhance Your Employment Options
Five ways LinkedIn can help advance your career
Expand Your Brand & Career: Open a Twitter Account. Right Now (Thanks @problogger for this link to this @DanBlank post .)
Tweeting your way to a job (or internship) (Thanks @heatherhuhman for this article)

And of course, check out my I’m LinkedIn, now what? series of tips on the LU Career Center to Go site. If you’re new to LinkedIn, these tips are a great way place to get started.

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